History of

Iron Works Village

General Iron Works was created as a new cooperative enterprise by five independent manufacturers in the early 1920s. The companies pooled their manufacturing efforts into establishing a 17-acre heavy industry foundry and machine shop, instead of five competing plants. Mother Nature also had a hand in the formation when the Arkansas River flooded the City of Pueblo in 1921, destroying the Stearns-Rogers Manufacturing Company plant.

At the outset, the plant primarily produced mining equipment, and employed 250 workers. The Depression cut into the workforce numbers, but demand during World War II raised the number to more than 1,000.  Manufacturing activities expanded from mining steel to other areas including production of wartime equipment, flotation equipment, and various products heavy industries.

General Iron Works prospered for a several decades until —faced with competition from newer plants— the facility fell into decline before closing in 1986. The General Iron Works site had a rich history and was now poised to be reinvented as a place for future residents and families to call home.

Enter BLVDWAY Communities

Thirty years later, in 2016, BLVDWAY Communities purchased eight acres of the General Iron Works site. The team envisioned building a unique village where 136 attainably priced homes would greet families at all points in life.

Iron Works Village was born.

By the time General Iron Works closed its doors in 1986, the company had obtained more than 300 patents. An impressive list of new and improved technology was crafted at GIW, including:

  • Desalination plant for use in the Dead Sea
  • Sugar mill dryers and processors
  • Mail sorting machine for the postal service
  • Penny manufacturing machine for the U.S. Mint
  • The first soft-serve ice cream machine
  • Coin-operated gasoline pumps
  • Luggarge molds for Samsonite
  • The first potato chip cooker for General Mills

Why the name

Iron Works Village?

Iron Works Village sits on the site of the former General Iron Works, which was a vital part of the development of Denver, Englewood and the entire Front Range. General Iron Works was the center of Denver and Englewood’s industry during the 20th century, and is now being reimagined as the center of Englewood’s residential life for the 21st Century.

Developer & Builder

BLVDWAY Communities

BLVDWAY Communities develops attached and detached single-family homes, focused on infill neighborhoods near schools, transit, restaurants, shopping, and parks all within a short drive or rail ride to major employment centers. Founded in 2013, BLVD’s principals saw a need for unique, for sale, new home communities in Denver’s core neighborhoods to meet Denver’s ever-growing population. BLVD completed its first development, Larimer Row, in 2016 is currently building homes at Riverdale Park, a 120-unit townhome development in Thornton, and has additional developments in the planning stages.

BLVDWAY Communities’ principals have more than 35 years of collective experience with new home construction and community development. It’s senior management team has substantial experience with national and local homebuilders and a deep understanding of the Colorado marketplace. The principals have been involved in all aspects of the homebuilding process.

Site Planner & Architect

PEL•ONA Architecture

PEL•ONA Architects & Urbanists was founded by Ronnie Pelusio and Korkut Onaran. They believe in the timeless values in traditional architecture and sustainable urbanism. As new urbanists, PEL•ONA believes that our individual lifestyles and our global environment can benefit from compact, walkable, mixed use and transit oriented communities. PEL•ONA brings the strengths of its founders together to provide services of architecture, urban design, master planning, and the crafting of development codes.


Kephart Architecture

A Top Denver-based Residential Architecture and Land Planning Design Firm. Since 1974, the KEPHART team has been dedicated to the idea that EVERYONE deserves a well-designed place to live. For us, this means creating innovative homes and communities regardless of project challenges. We see quality design being something for EVERYONE, not just the wealthy. Home is where the heart is, which is why at, KEPHART, we focus on residential design and planning. We are happy to report that our clients and peers think we are pretty good at it, making us one of the top architecture firms in Denver and the nation.

Design Center

Saddleback Design

Creativity starts here. With the help of personal designers and the latest design innovations under one roof, Saddleback Design will help home buyers create a home that reflects their personal sense of style.

With decades of experience, our professional installers add value and functionality to every home they touch. Their superior level of workmanship ensures our buyers will love their home for years to come.


Your questions, answered!

It will take about nine months to build your home after you’ve signed your purchase contract, obtained financing, choosing your options and construction has begun. For instance, if you purchased in July, you could potentially move into your new home in early 2018.

Our design center has beautiful displays of all available styles and finishes, with a professional designer available to advise you. Depending on the construction stage, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from an array of contemporary finishes for flooring, countertops, cabinets, lighting and bath fixtures, as well as upgrades to other fine finishes and fixtures.

Tours will be regularly scheduled for you to check on the construction of your new home. The builder will designate visits to coincide with important phases of your home’s construction. While it is exciting for you to witness the progression of your new home, it is not safe or permissible to allow unauthorized visitors to the site at any other time during construction. When your scheduled visit takes place, you’ll be required to wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and a builder-provided hard hat.

Environmental Cleanup

Prior ownership groups undertook building demolition and environmental cleanup on the site under voluntary cleanup plans approved by the State of Colorado Division of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) designed to remove and contain environmental conditions resulting from a history of on-site manufacturing. These efforts resulted in a State of Colorado determination that the site was suitable for residential development.

BLVD Builders initiated a subsequent voluntary cleanup plan with additional environmental cleanup so that the site conformed with its planned development of Iron Works Village. The CDPHE approved BLVD Builders plan in October 2016.